Gary D. FarneyCo-Director
Gary D. Farney is an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark. His research focus is on ancient Italian group identity, including the Sabines, and the formation of Roman identity from the various Italic groups. Before this field school, he operated the Rutgers Summer Program to Greece for six years (2005-2010).
Candace M. RiceCo-Director
Candace M. Rice is an Assistant Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Alberta. She has a DPhil in Roman archaeology from the University of Oxford and has previously been a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Classical Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. She has worked in a supervisory role on excavations in Tuscany, Molise and Lazio, as well as in France and Tunisia. Her research focuses on maritime trade and regional economic development in the Roman Mediterranean.
Dylan Bloy (Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College) has wide-ranging experience on archaeological projects including previous Roman villa excavations in Tuscany and Basilicata in Italy, the Athenian Agora, Corinth, Mt. Lykaion, and Chrysokamino (East Crete) in Greece, and a stint as a professional archaeologist in the Northern Virginia Piedmont. Currently a Lecturer at the University of Tennessee, he specializes in Roman interaction with Hellenistic Greek institutions and culture and the effect of such interaction on Rome of the late Republic.
Tyler V. FranconiCo-Director
Tyler Franconi holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford in classical archaeology, and currently teaches at the University of Alberta in Canada. He has held previous academic positions at the University of Oxford and the University of Edinburgh in the UK, and he has excavated at a number of different sites in Italy, Tunisia, and the USA. He is a specialist in archaeological finds, especially metals and ceramics, and he manages our finds laboratory in Vacone. Outside of our project, his research focuses on the economic and environmental history of the Roman Empire, especially along the frontiers of Britain and Germany.
Federica Pollari completed her master's degree at the University of Rome - “La Sapienza” and her Scuola di Specializzazione degree at SISBA - Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici di Trieste, Udine, Venezia ca' Foscari in Classical Archaeology. Her research focus on Roman wall paintings, especially in its relationship with residential housing, including urban and suburban contexts. She works as a field archaeologist throughout central Italy.
Matt Notarian, currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Hiram College, has a PhD in Roman Archaeology from the University at Buffalo. He previously taught at Tulane University, and was fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a visiting fellow at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. He has participated in a number of field projects in Italy, Greece, and the USA. His research focuses upon the archaeology and social history of Rome’s countryside, as well as 3D recording and other digital methodologies in archaeology.
Alessandro PintucciTopographer / Digital Team Leader
Alessandro Pintucci got his MA and Scuola di Specializzazione degrees at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in “Rilievo e Analisi tecnica dei Monumenti antichi” (archaeological drawing and technical analysis of ancient structures). He earned a PhD in Ancient Topography with a research project about the archaeological map of the municipal territory of Palestrina. In 2004 he founded Confederazione Italiana Archeologi, the first Italian professional association of archaeologists, that he now leads. In 2015 he founded the journal EXNOVO – Journal of Archaeology, and he is member of the editorial board. He has worked as a field archaeologist since 2001 with experiences in Italy, Greece, and Turkey. He joined the Vacone team in 2017.
Chelsea Blake has a master’s degree in Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Artefacts at the University of Durham. Holding degrees in History, Classics, and Archaeology she has worked as a conservation intern with York Archaeological Trust on projects such as the Jorvik Viking Center, the Swash Channel Wreck, Star Carr, and the HMS Colossus. Chelsea is an alum of the Rutgers Field School from 2014.
Andrew McLeanTrench Supervisor
Andrew has an MScR Degree in Classics from the University of Edinburgh. His master’s research focused on specialisation in the economy of Roman Italy. He has supervised at a number of research excavations with different projects in Italy and has been with the Upper Sabina Tiberina project since 2015. When not in Italy, Andrew works for commercial archaeology units in the UK.
James PageTrench Supervisor
James Page has an MScR Degree in Classics from the University of Edinburgh. He has excavation experience at the sites of Trellech, Vindolanda, and Grumentum, and has worked with the Upper Sabina Tiberina Project at Vacone since 2015. His main research interests include the archaeology of the Roman rural economy and the Upper Tiber Valley.
Giulia BellatoTrench Supervisor
Giulia Bellato is currently a graduate student at UCL. She has an undergraduate degree in Ancient and Medieval History from the University of Edinburgh and she currently focuses her graduate studies on Early Medieval Europe. She is well on her way to become an old-timer at Vacone, coming back for the fourth time in 2018. On the site, she has excavated various areas of the villa, and contributed to conservation work during the 2017 season. She likes mosaics with repairs, people who don’t sit on trench edges, and ancient coins.
Erin IrwinTrench Supervisor
Erin Irwin is currently undertaking an MA at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. She has an undergraduate degree in History and History of Art from the University of Edinburgh. Erin has been part of the excavation team at Vacone since 2015, and is an alum of the Vacone Field School. She was also part of the Caspian Gates excavation located in Dariali Gorge, Georgia.
Devin L. Ward (Osteology Supervisor) has a MPhil in Biological Anthropological Science from the University of Cambridge. She was an intern on the field school in 2013, writing her BS (hons) thesis on the human skeletal remains, and returned in 2015 to continue osteological and zooarchaeological work. Devin is currently a PhD student in Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Toronto studying variation in the modern human inner ear, and is also associated with the bioarchaeological project “Death on the Rock” in Gibraltar (UK). Devin is an alum of the Rutgers Field School from 2013, and has returned to Vacone since 2015.
Erica is a Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at Royal Holloway. Her research focuses on ancient consumption practices, the evolution of food identities, the economies of production and alternative fuel sources.
Alessandra RicciAssistant Digital Recording Supervisor
Alessandra Ricci (Assistant Digital Recording Supervisor) is finishing her master's degree at the university of Siena where she worked and studied at the Technology Lab for Medieval Archaeology (L. I. A. A. M.). She took her bachelor degree in Christian and Late Antique Archaeology at the University of Bari. She has worked as trench supervisor in some classical and medieval excavations around Italy, and will be assisting with survey and digital recording operations at Vacone. She has been working in Vacone since 2016.
Lauren MacGregorFinds Assistant
Lauren MacGregor is currently undertaking her masters degree in Classics at the University of Edinburgh, already holding her undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology from the same institution. Her masters is research will focus on the room decoration (mosaics, wall paintings, stuccoes) of the villa at Vacone. Lauren has worked in Vacone since 2016.